Speakers

AGRICULTURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT

  • Jenny Aker, Assoc. Professor of Development Economics, Tufts University
    • How technology is (not?) transforming rural Africa
  • John P. Connors, Adj Rsch Asst Professor, Dept of Earth and Environment, Boston University
    • Diversity across scales and the sustainability of food systems
  • Colette Heald, Assoc. Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, MIT
    • Air pollution and global crop yields
  • Peter Huybers, Prof. of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University
    • Peculiarly pleasant weather for U.S. maize: implications for crop yield trends
  • Rachael Garrett, Asst. Professor, Dept of Earth and Environment, Boston University
    • Scaling up sustainable intensification in South America
  • Dan McKanan, Senior Lecturer in Divinity, Harvard University
    • The spiritual roots of modern environmentalism
  • Forest Reinhardt, John D. Black Prof. of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
    • Changing institutions for water management
  • Ken Strzepek, Research Scientist, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change
    • People, water and food in the Nile basin and the Zambezi valley              

FOOD AND HEALTH

  • Sai K. Das, Asst. Professor of Nutrition, Tufts University
    • Energy metabolism, calorie restriction and health
  • Deborah Frank, Prof. of Child Health and Well-Being, Boston University
    • Why a pediatrician  cares about food security
  • Erin Hennessy, Rsch. Asst.Prof. of Nutrition, Tufts University
    • Digital imaging for nutritional analysis of restaurant meals
  • Mahesh Karra, Asst. Professor of Global Development Policy, Boston University
    • Long-term consequences of early life nutrition
  • Mark Brennan, MIT Humanitarian Response Lab
    • Innovations in food aid packaging
  • William A. Masters, Professor, School of Nutrition and Dept. of Economics, Tufts University
    • The weird global market for baby foods
  • Y. Karen Zheng, Assoc. Professor of Operations Management, MIT
    • A data-driven approach to managing food safety in global supply chains

 BIOPHYSICAL FOUNDATIONS

  • Rama Bansil, Professor of Physics, Boston University
    • Physics of gels in cooking & digestion
  • Missy Holbrook, Charles Bullard Professor of Forestry, Harvard University
    • Plants that use less water
  • Karthish Manthiram, Asst. Professor of Chemical Engineering, MIT
    • Using solar electricity to make nitrogen fertilizer
  • Benjamin E. Wolfe, Asst. Professor of Biology, Tufts University
    • Microbial domestication in fermented food microbiomes

POSTDOCS & DOCTORAL STUDENTS

  • Alison Brown, Postdoctoral Fellow, Tufts Medical Center
    • Diet and disease among U.S.-born and foreign-born non-Hispanic Blacks
  • Sarah Fletcher, PhD Candidate, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, MIT
    • Flexible water supply planning under uncertainty
  • Alicia Harley, Giorgio Ruffolo Fellow and PhD candidate, Harvard Kennedy School
    • Innovation and access to technology for the poorest farmers
  • Radost Stanimirova, NASA Fellow and PhD candidate in geography, Boston University
    • Modeling and monitoring global rangeland dynamics